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Letter of Solidarity to the Students of JNU, India: Democratic Students’ Alliance, Pakistan

Guest Post by Democratic Students’ Alliance, Pakistan

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17th February, 2016

Dear Student friends of JNU, Delhi

 

The issue of academic freedom is one that is tied to the essence of education itself: to think, to question, to speak and probe, to understand, to challenge and to learn.

The strangulation of political and academic freedoms is a dark hallmark of despotic and authoritarian societies and governments which aim to silence and subjugate. State intrusion in intellectual spaces is an assault on democratic rights and liberties; academic freedom must not be subordinated to state agendas. We believe that political freedoms are central to a democratic state and that their suspension leads to nothing but danger.

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